George Peay was my 6th great grandfather. He was born in King William County, Virginia in 1734, and died in Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1804. The Elias Peay mentioned in the will is my 5th great grandfather.
Will of George Peay written 7 June 1803 and Proven in August Court 1804.
Book A, page 12 (Wentworth Court House)
Rockingham County, North Carolina
(copied from the Find a Grave website)
In the name of God Amen..I George Peay Sen’r of the State of North Carolina and County of Rockingham being very sick and weak of body but in perfect mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die, I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried in a decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting at the General Resurrection I shall receive it again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath in manner and form following, Viz:
ITEM: I give and bequeath to William Peay one negro man Bernard to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give to George Peay, Jun’r a certain piece or parcel of land beginning at Nathaniel Scales North corner running a northeast course to a Branch called Pains Spring Branch down the said Branch to Dan River thence up the said River to the corner of the said Nathaniel Scales’ line, thence north along the said line to the beginning be the same sixty acres more or less it being the tract whereon the said George Peay Junior now lives to him and his heirs forever. I also give and bequeath to the said George Peay Jun’r two negroes by the name of Gracie and Lett to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I order and request my executors hereinafter named to sell and dispose of a certain tract of land containing two hundred acres more or less joining the lands of Sampson Lanier on the Waters of Troublesome in the County aforesaid and that they also sell and dispose of a Storehouse and lots in the Town of Leaksville.
ITEM: I give and bequeath my land whereon I now live containing nine hundred acres, being the same more less unto William Peay, Elias Peay, James Peay, Ambrose Peay and Thomas Peay to them and their heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath all the residue of my personal estate including a negro woman named Winnie and her children she now has which Bartlett Smith now has in his possession to my children to wit, William Peay, George Peay, Jun’r, Elizabeth Smith, Elias Peay, James Peay, Ambrose Peay and Thomas Peay to be equally divided among them and their heirs forever.
Lastly, I appoint William Peay, James Peay, and Thomas Peay my lawful executors to this my last Will & Testament, revoking all former wills by me made.
In Witness Whereof I set my hand and seal this ninth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.
(Signed) George Peay, Seal
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Gideon Johnson Jun’r
State of North Carolina
County of Rockingham
August Session, 1804
The witness to last Will and Testament of George Peay was duly proved in open Court to the oath of John May and on motion ordered to be recorded.
Signed, R. Galloway, C.C.